Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown

New Boutique Anti-Hero in Gastown. Photo: Gastown Blog

Vancouver’s historic Gastown is one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods; not only is it experiencing a renaissance of restaurants and bars (see Remy’s recent post Who Loves Gastown?), it’s also one of the best, most unique places to shop in the entire city.

Gastown shopping is diverse, ranging from antiques and First Nations art to many of Vancouver’s leading, cutting-edge fashion and home design stores.

Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown

1. Home Decor & Interior Design
When it comes to modern interior design in Vancouver, Gastown is the premiere shopping destination. The biggest and best contemporary design store is Inform Interiors, owned by internationally-acclaimed furniture designer Niels Bendtsen. Other top picks for home decor include Örling  & Wu, the reasonably-priced Parliment Interiors, and the high-end kids store ModernKid.

2. Local & Independent Fashion
Like Main Street, Gastown is one of Vancouver’s meccas for local and independent fashion. The neighbourhood is home to some of Vancouver’s hottest local labels—including Obakki, dutil.denim, and Narcissist—and is the place to shop for fashion-forward men (don’t miss Roden Gray or the brand-new Anti-Hero). It’s also where  Fluevog shoes got their start in the 1970s, and is now home to the flagship Fluevog store.

3. Streetwear
Vancouver’s streetwear epicentre, Gastown is home to many of the city’s best-loved streetwear shops, including Livestock, Subdivision Clothing (high-end Japanese streetwear), and the Vancouver branch of Alife.

4. First Nations Art
When it comes to First Nations art galleries, Gastown has a high concentration, making it easy to visit multiple galleries in one trip. Three of the Top 5 Places to Buy First Nations Art in Vancouver are located in Gastown: Coastal Peoples Fine Art Galleries, Hill’s Native Art, and Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.

5. Antiques, Curios & Kitsch
If you love hunting for antique treasures, the packed-to-the-rafters Gastown antique and curio shops were made for you! Check out Salmagundi West and Uniques Antiques.

Know more reasons to love shopping in Gastown? Have a favourite store to recommend? Please share in the comments!

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